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European Union supporting lavish lifestyle of Swazi Royal Family

JOHANNESBURG, May 18 (ANA) – European Union taxpayers’ money is being used to finance the lavish lifestyle of Swaziland’s royal family, an investigation by the Danish NGO Afrika Kontakt has revealed. Afrika Kontakt’s report: “The European Union in Swaziland: In support of an Authoritarian King?” says EU money ‘benefits the Royal Family greatly’ and undermines […]

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Swaziland denies purchase of luxury cars for King’s birthday

JOHANNESBURG, April 10 – Swaziland’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport Principal Secretary Makhosini Mndawe has denied that the government bought a fleet of cars worth $7.5 million ahead of King Mswati III’s 50th birthday, Richard Rooney from Swazimedia.blogspot reported. However, Mndawe’s denial contradicts a report from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport. Swaziland marks […]

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US Ambassador voices support for Swaziland’s banned political parties

JOHANNESBURG, February 27  – Lisa Peterson, the American ambassador to Swaziland, has spoken out in support of banned political parties in the kingdom where King Mswati III rules as an absolute monarch, Richard Rooney from Swazimedia.blogspot reported. Parties are not allowed to contest elections and people and groups that advocate for democratic reform are prosecuted […]

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Swazi editor flees to South Africa after critical story on King Mswati

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 12 – Swazi editor Zweli Martin Dlamini has fled to South Africa after he received death threats, following a story he wrote about Swaziland’s absolute monarch King Mswati III’s alleged shady dealings in the telecommunications industry, the Source media outlet reported. Zweli, the editor of independent business newspaper, Swaziland Shopping, wrote and published […]

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SADC must intervene in human rights abuse in Swaziland, says ANC

JOHANNESBURG, July 5 – The African National Congress on Tuesday called for Swaziland, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarchy, to be referred to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for abuse of human rights and suppression of dissent and political activity. Swaziland’s Suppression of Terrorism Act, which has been used by government to ban political groups opposing King Mswati’s […]